Articles for Professionals

Making Sense of IQ

by Nadia Webb IQ tests measure a broad range of problem solving skills. The scores are fairly useful in predicting academic and job performance, as well as physical health and income. However, IQ tests are intrinsically incomplete. “The number” leaves out intellectual...

Focus on Learning

by Wenda Sheard Each school year brings new expectations. All over the world, parents and teachers tell children “earn good grades” and “do your best” in school. In the case of gifted children, however, giving such advice can be problematic. In this article, I’ll...

Homework: The Good and the Bad

by Linda Neumann Homework can serve a meaningful role, and it should enhance your child’s learning experience. Appropriate homework will not steal away family fun time and can even strengthen a partnership between parents and teachers. So, why might a parent feel that...

Teaching Gifted Learners to Manage Stress in High School

by Elizabeth Shaunessy Stress can be experienced by gifted high school students who are often guided to take rigorous academic preparation, such as the International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment in college while concurrently in high...

A September Secret

by Heidi Molbak Dear Teacher, I’m excited about being in your class this year.  I love it when you smile at all of us, when you read us stories, and when you give us interesting projects to do.  I love going to the library with everyone in our class, and I look...

A Tour of Learning Diversity

by Wenda Sheard For the past six months I've been working full time as a research specialist exploring the educational and workforce lives of people with disabilities. Some people might question how a person deeply committed to the unique social and emotional needs of...

Early Career Planning For Gifted Youth: An All-Too-Often Neglected Art

by Steven Pfeiffer One of the early and hallmark defining characteristics of being gifted is precocity. A great many young gifted children speak early, read early, can solve problems more typical of older children, and tend to enjoy interacting with older peers and...

Diversity: A Rich Resource in American Education

Diversity: A Rich Resource in American Education Author: Rosina Gallagher, Ph.D  Citation: From the SENG Update, September 2009 Thinking over the topic of diversity and excellence in American public education, I am prompted to reflect on my own personal experience....

Advocating is a Little Like Jumanji

by Mary Lovell For parents, the advocacy process in gifted education is like a board game. It involves strategy, creativity, perseverance and a little bit of luck. Parents, well-intentioned but naïve, think this journey should be like Candy Land. In one corner is the...

Who Can Talk About Giftedness?

by Elizabeth Shaunessy As parents, teachers, and volunteers in gifted education, we may be acutely aware of how our culture reacts to the term and phenomenon of giftedness, and we likely have seen a variety of responses to individuals who are gifted and discussions of...

Choosing the Right Program for Gifted Children

by Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn I can truly say, as a school psychologist, I have rarely witnessed a negative reaction from parents when they are informed their child meets eligibility for Gifted programming. However, I have always been puzzled by the fact that many...

Can We Capture and Measure the Creativity Beast?

by Rose Blackett According to many researchers, creativity has an elusive relationship to giftedness. Consider the part creativity plays on the stage of life, and look behind its mask. What is creativity? If we can identify the creativity beast, can we capture and...

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